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WINNERS Auto Accident Defendants A PIP plaintiff with pre-existing injury must prove by a preponderance of the evidence, not merely a substantial nexus, that the treatment was proximately caused by the accident, a state appeals court rules. Prosecutors The state Supreme Court stays an appellate decision that bars the state from subpoenaing bank records in criminal cases without notice to account holders. Rosemarie Williams She is named Somerset County’s presiding general equity judge, making her only the second woman in the county ever to hold an executive judge position. LOSERS N.J. Dioceses The Roman Catholic Church, covering the state’s five major dioceses, pays $12.8 million in settlements and counseling for victims of sexual abuse by clergy. Robert Torricelli The former senator’s credibility is lost on a Lambertville municipal court judge who convicts him of leaving the scene of an accident, not buying Torch’s story that his ex-wife was driving the car at the time. State Doctors An appeals court upholds summary judgment that a UMDNJ doctor’s excessive prescription of narcotic drugs, which caused the patient’s addiction, was willful misconduct under the Tort Claims Act and that the doctor is not entitled to protection of the Act’s verbal threshold.

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